Popular Appetizers Recipes

Appetizers are like tiny jewel boxes of flavor, small bites meant to stimulate the palate -- not fill your stomach. That's what makes looking for appetizer recipes so much fun - since you don't have to fill the plate, you can concentrate on putting together ingredients in ways that sing. And they don't have to be fancy to pack a punch - spicy wings, deviled eggs, easy bruschetta, or even a nicely presented dip can be a winner. The classic combination of melon and prosciutto is a perfect example: Just two ingredients that play off of each other perfectly, the salty richness of the ham contrasting with the tropical sweetness of the melon. Perfection. When you're planning for a holiday party, you want quick and easy appetizers that play nicely with what you're serving as a main course. You want to compliment the dish without repeating ingredients - serving marinated mozzarella before plating up a cheese-heavy lasagna is definitely overload. Try to keep things light, and remember - you're going for flavor, not quantity.

Avocado Melts with Arugula

Make a vegetarian sandwich super-satisfying by incorporating big flavors (jalapeno jelly, arugala) and rich textures (avocado, cheese).

From Better Homes and Gardens

Avocado Melts with Arugula

Shrimp Fajita Grill Breads

Top a flatbread or tortilla with grilled shrimp and vegetables for a fresh and light twist on pizza.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Shrimp Fajita Grill Breads

Easy Party Appetizers

Watch how simple it is to make your appetizers the life of the party. Our Kraft Kitchens Expert will show you how with this Easy Party Appetizers video. These appetizers are a snap to prepare¿and the perfect beginning to any menu.

Easy Party Appetizers

Grilled Squash and Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

Put your grill to use for these better-than-takeout quesadillas that feature ripe summer produce. Serve them with store-bought salsa, if desired, to simplify the recipe slightly.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Grilled Squash and Manchego Quesadillas with Nectarine-Tomato Salsa

Zucchini-Tomato Cups

These delightful hot appetizers feature two types of cheese--blue cheese and Parmesan.

From Midwest Living

Zucchini-Tomato Cups

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Pine Nut Bruschetta

From Midwest Living

Sautéed Swiss Chard and Pine Nut Bruschetta

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

From Midwest Living

Napa Cabbage Spring Rolls

Hamburger Steak Sliders

From Midwest Living

Hamburger Steak Sliders

Cucumber-Feta Dip

A garnish of pomegranate seeds and mint gives holiday spark to this Greek dip, but this healthy appetizer is so tasty you'll want to make it throughout the year.

From Midwest Living

Cucumber-Feta Dip

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes with Sauteed Corn

Paired with salad, these sweet bacon-studded cakes work well as a light lunch, or you can make mini versions to serve as a party snack.

From Midwest Living

Cornmeal Griddle Cakes with Sauteed Corn

Hot-and-Sour Soup

From Diabetic Living

Hot-and-Sour Soup

Hoisin-Garlic Mushroom Appetizers

From Diabetic Living

Hoisin-Garlic Mushroom Appetizers

Saucy Brisket

When weeknight madness hits, the slow cooker has you covered. It creates a hearty, juicy beef brisket dinner with leftovers for panini sandwiches.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Saucy Brisket

Saucy Brisket

When weeknight madness hits, it is hard to imagine getting an evening's meal on the table, let alone a slow-simmered brisket. With the slow cooker, you'll not only get a hearty, juicy beef brisket dinner, but a wonderful panini sandwich to serve for lunch or dinner the next night as well.

From Midwest Living

Saucy Brisket

Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

Red sweet peppers and green onions add color to this smoky cheese dip. Serve it as an appetizer with bread cubes or tortilla chips.

From Midwest Living

Jack Cheese and Smoky Chipotle Fondue

So-Easy Apple Butter

Serve this flavorful fruit butter with cheese and crackers for a quick snack or appetizer. Fill decorated jars with it to make homemade holiday presents.

From Midwest Living

So-Easy Apple Butter

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

Three ingredients and a slow-cooker are all you need for a crowd-pleasing appetizer.

From Midwest Living

Cranberry-Barbecue Meatballs

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer

Tender chicken or turkey meatballs studded with cranberries take on a glorious flavor when theyre simmered in a snappy cranberry-flavored barbecue sauce.

From Midwest Living

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer

White Chocolate Party Mix

This sweet, no-bake snack mix adds a nice contrast to savory appetizers at a party. Makes great Christmas gifts, too.

From Better Homes and Gardens

White Chocolate Party Mix

Swiss-Artichoke Dip

Fans of Swiss cheese will love this chunky variation on spinach-artichoke dip.

From Midwest Living

Swiss-Artichoke Dip

Lemon-Zested Snacker Mix

This slow cooker snack mix is easy to prep and serve, making it an ideal component for a stress-free party.

From Midwest Living

Lemon-Zested Snacker Mix

Slow-Cooker Tortilla Soup

From Parents

Slow-Cooker Tortilla Soup

Fontina Cheese Artichoke and Alfredo Pizza

Vegetarian pizza need not be boring. Artichokes, onions and olives make this savory pie a true Italian feast! Dip a slice in Alfredo sauce for even more cheesy goodness.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Fontina Cheese Artichoke and Alfredo Pizza

Rustic Swiss Chard and Mozzarella Tart

From Better Homes and Gardens

Rustic Swiss Chard and Mozzarella Tart

Slithering Snakewich

Simply shape bread dough into a curvy snake shape. Fill it with pepperoni and other pizza ingredients for a super Halloween sandwich.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Slithering Snakewich

Bumper-Crop Zucchini Pancakes

These golden appetizers or dinnertime treats, flavored with Parmesan cheese and onion, will reign as a favorite pancake recipe. The secret ingredient is zucchini.

From Better Homes and Gardens

Bumper-Crop Zucchini Pancakes

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